Coronavirus update: COVID-19 impacting local hospitals, source says
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 6th April 2020
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The calm before the potential storm: This photo depicts the inside of the emergency room at Franklin Square Hospital. ( Photo credit/MedStar)

 

A source with knowledge of local medical facilities contacted The Baltimore Post with some disturbing information.

According to our source, MedStar Franklin Square Hospital has 30 patients who have confirmed diagnoses for the coronavirus. Additionally, the source said that nine of the 30 patients are on ventilators, while two other coronavirus patients have passed away.

The Post contacted MedStar Franklin Square Hospital and received the following reply from Debra Schindler of the media relations department:

I am not informed of patients diagnoses. I would suggest contacting the Maryland Hospital Association, which tracks where the cases are in hospitals around the state.

I’m sorry I couldn’t be of help.

Debra

Our source also told the Post that GBMC has 17 confirmed coronavirus patients. GBMC did not respond to our request for confirmation.

There are several ways to look at this situation as it pertains to factual information being disseminated to a frightened and concerned public. Some of our readers may remember this moment regarding Franklin Square Hospital.

While we understand some logic behind not releasing each facility’s numbers publicly, we believe the transparency may better serve the public than a wall of silence.

Meanwhile, there is more disturbing news on the COVID-19 front when it comes to the practice of “social distancing.”

The Post has received numerous calls from area residents complaining that many people are not following Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s “Stay-At-Home” order. One particular hotspot in Baltimore County was the Loch Raven Reservoir. One person who contacted us stated that the recreation area was filled with people this past weekend like “a regular Sunday at the park.”

We can’t urge people enough to practice proper social distancing. As the popular saying goes, “Stay home; save lives.”

We’re also dismayed that people are not utilizing more of the resources being offered. For example, less than 1% of the total population actually tuned in to Baltimore County’s COVID-19 Facebook Town Hall Meeting.

Our county continues to be one of the most impacted in the state of Maryland. There currently are more than 640 active coronavirus cases in Baltimore County. The nature of the coronavirus’ infection rate and the number of deaths change so dramatically that is often hard to gauge the impact on society.

But, as the United States Surgeon General stated, this week is expected to be our “Pearl Harbor” moment.

Despite which side of the political fence you are on, we all need to come together and realize that fighting this deadly virus is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. The posturing on both sides–between the “scare mongering” and the desire to “get things back to normal”–is not helping.

Pointing fingers at the other side is like rocking faster in a rocking chair — you have something to do, and you will expend more energy doing it, but it won’t get you anywhere.

Simply put, we need to follow the guidelines provided, use common sense, stay informed (and that means the people with the information need to share that information), and pray for this situation to be resolved as quickly as possible.

To quote another popular saying during this time of crisis, “We are all in this together.”

 

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